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I would definitely recommend the Timeline column for questions 1 & 3. It’s going to be a solid way to assign (per pulse) a visual indicator of what’s happening, when, and to whom it’s assigned. The first issue that comes up here is that this is on a per board basis - there’s an immediate answer to this, and it’s the Timeline Widget, available on our Dashboards. That will allow you to visualize Timeline columns from multiple boards at once, and even filter down to the individual level. Workforce managers will find it a very helpful tool.
The Timeline only goes down to the day at this point (we’re considering how to incorporate hours at the moment), but for the more granular day-to-day activity, we do offer calendar integrations with our Date column, which does support hours. Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if we can help with the finer points of setup!
For Question 2 - I’m inclined to recommend a combination of the Formula, Number, and Date columns. Can you tell me a bit more about their specific use case? I’d be happy to work up a more tailored recommendation, but certainly those columns would be a great starting point.
Thanks, and again - welcome!